Run out of Gas? Here's What to Do.

Running out of gas is one of the annoyingly inevitable moments of driving life, which is why we wanted to provide a few tips and tricks on what you should do if you find yourself with the gas needle firmly on the letter E. Take a look at our tips below!

  1. Try to pull off to the side of the road. Most drivers will be able to tell if their car is about to run out of gas. Of course, the ubiquitous “gas light” will come on, but drivers will also notice a slight lag in your car’s acceleration. If you do start to feel the lag and your car begins to sputter, try to find a safe place on the right shoulder of the road and pull over.
  2. Make your car visible. This is one of the most important tips. Drivers, especially on major highways, are not expecting to see a car stopped in their lane or pulled off to the side. That’s why you must make your car as visible as possible. Most experts recommend not only turning on your emergency flashers, but also raising your car’s hood, putting out any emergency flags and even tying a piece of clothing to your car’s antennae or trunk.
  3. Figure out your location. Whether you’ll be calling for help or if you’ll be trekking to your local gas station with a gas can, it’s important to take the time to figure out where you are. Always make a point to call someone to tell them where you are and what your plan is, even if you plan on getting the gas yourself. Also, we recommend keeping a paper map in your glove compartment, so you always have a way to find out where you are, especially if you’ll be traveling to an unfamiliar part of the world.
  4. Take advantage of MPP’s 24/7 Roadside Assistance program. If you don’t feel comfortable walking to the nearest gas station, which we urge extreme caution when doing, then you can use the MPP Roadside Assistance program that is there to help in any roadside emergency. Simply ask your salesperson at Frontier Ford how you can add this extra-coverage plan to your current loan or lease.

A Few Precautions

  1. Never accept a ride from a stranger. The motorist might just be trying to help, but stranger danger is real guys, so please call for the above assistance or wait on a friend.
Categories: News, Tips & Tricks, Car Safety


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